Dubai hotel catches fire amidst New Year celebrations

A five star hotel in Dubai – Address Downtown Dubai – caught fire on December 31st, even as the city was getting ready to celebrate New Years.

Images and video from the incident splashed across the world, as the building which is 302 meters tall, caught fire, and firemen were working overtime to extinguish the fire. The building is close to Burj Khalifa, which is the world’s tallest skyscraper, turned into an unexpected spectacle as debris from the building began to fall on the ground. It was reported that at least 20 floors of the building were affected by the fire.

According to unconfirmed reports, one person was killed in the stampede that ensued outside the Dubai hotel. There have been no official reports on the damage caused.

The fire caused a furore, as the building was right next to the compound that had been set apart for the annual fireworks display. Here’s an amateur video from the site:


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